Phone security measures importance is indubitable. Nowadays, mobile devices are valid parts of our lives and they contain private content, messages, photos or other sensitive data. We all can agree that even the closest members of our family or friends have limited access to it. It’s just too private, stop asking, mom! As security goes, there have been 3 built-in security measures in Android since the OS was introduced and they still do the job.
Nevertheless, sometimes you are changing it frequently or haven’t used the phone for the while and, suddenly, you are trying to unlock it in vain. The password/pattern/PIN are forgotten and your world is breaking down.
After you try for several times and the phone perma-locks itself, you ‘ll probably start looking for alternative ways. Don’t worry, there are some routes to bypass the security. It is not easy, because if it was, that security would be lame. For that reason, in many situations, the only working solution would be the factory reset that leads to losing all of your data.
We brought you some of the possible solutions, so be sure to try them out.
Bypass security with Google account (Android versions older than 4.4 KitKat)
Older devices running Android 4.4 KitKat had an interesting built-in option for recovering your phone. Later on, they removed it. If you are using a device with this OS version, follow the instructions:
- Enter PIN/Password/Pattern 5 times in a row.
- You ‘ll be prompted with Forgot PIN/ Forgot Password /Forgot Pattern button.
- Tap it.
- Next step asks you to enter your Gmail address and password of an account associated with your Android. The one you entered for Play Store.
- Once you are logged in, follow all steps and unlock your device.
Use Samsung Find My Mobile or unlock remotely
Some manufacturers have the option to register on their website and control your phone remotely. Samsung’s Find My Mobile is a proved option for all Samsung users. Of course, you have to be registered and know your login credentials. Also, connected to Wi-Fi or Mobile Data. To do so, follow the instructions:
- Go to the Samsung Find My Mobile website.
- Login with your credentials.
- If your phone is registered to the account, it should be in the left upper corner. If it is the case, continue.
- On the left, you ‘ll see the options panel. Select Unlock My Screen.
- Wait for a moment and the phone should unlock.
Use Android Device Manager to unlock your device
Android Device Manager is Google’s app solution for remotely controlling your device in case you lost it or get it locked. If Android Device Manager is installed on your device, you could use it to unlock the phone. To do so and save yourself a trouble, follow the instructions. Your device will also need connection via Wi-Fi or Mobile Data.
- Go to Android Device Manager website.
- Sign in with the same credentials you used on your locked phone.
- Select the device and open Lock.
- Enter the temporary password, you ‘ll use later to unlock the phone.
- Click Lock again.
- The password field should appear on your phone.
- Enter the temporary password and that is it.
Reset your phone to factory settings ( All data will be lost)
This is the last option for all of you troubled souls that forgot their PIN/Password/Pattern is reset to factory settings. By pressing the combination of your device buttons, you could get it reset to factory settings. This will clear all security measures and you can start from the scratch. Be sure to remove the SD card or it will be also deleted. To do so follow the instructions.
- Turn Off your device.
- Entering Recovery Mode differs from model to model so you should google it. We tried it out with Samsung Galaxy S6.
- Press and hold Power, Home, and Volume Up buttons simultaneously until the Recovery Mode starts.
- Use Volume buttons to scroll trough the given options and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset by pressing Power button.
- Select Erase All User Data.
- That should do it. The device will restart and start the Factory Reset.
This were our tips to fix unlock your Android device in case of forgotten password. We hope you ‘ll find it helpful. Next time try to write down your password/pattern/PIN or be sure to have a backup solution in case this occurs again. If you know any other ways of bypassing the security measures, feel free to share it with us. Good luck!